VMP Anthology

The Story of the Grateful Dead

Told through eight albums / 14 LPs (four classic studio & four legendary live albums), curated by VMP.


Expected to ship October 2020 (for free in the U.S.). Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.

It’s been a Long Strange Summer without live music, but you can still enjoy the sounds & story of the great American rock band.

The Dead created a blueprint for how all types of sound could coexist harmoniously. Being true misfits themselves, the Grateful Dead offered a place for outsiders to gather, welcoming all comers that lived by a code that, simplified to its purest essence, seemed to translate to something like: Be real.”
MC Taylor Hiss Golden Messenger

A great series unfolds in episodes

...and the best stories are told in chapters. We're reinventing the box set experience as VMP and the Grateful Dead take listeners on a joyride through one of the deepest catalogs and richest legacies in rock history. This eight album, 14 LP collection connects the Dead's history, subculture and lore to modern relevance and mainstream music culture. While the box will ship with all eight albums inside, the exclusive podcast will guide you through opening the records at specific points on our four-week journey.

Episode One

Workingman's Dead (1970)

Episode One

American Beauty (1970)

Episode Two

Live/Dead (1969)


Europe ‘72 (1972)


Wake of the Flood (1973)


Terrapin Station (1977)


Reckoning (1981)


Without a Net (1990)

What’s included?

8 Essential Grateful Dead Albums

Take a trip through four studio and four live albums that transport the listener across the band's storied career. The lacquers were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. This set is pressed on high quality 180g vinyl in a kaleidoscope of hues with heavyweight tip-on jackets.

Exclusive Podcast Series

In this six-episode podcast series, two VMP staff members grapple with the Grateful Dead's impressive catalog using the box set's eight albums as windows into the Dead, the music of the era, and themselves.

Star-studded Liner Notes Booklet

Features essays by contemporary musical figures on the eight albums in the set and the impact on their lives and musical approaches. Printed on thick cover matte stock, this deluxe 12x12" booklet also features archival and rare photos and ephemera courtesy of iconic photographers from the eras.

Premium Commemorative Box

This heavyweight two-piece slip and slash box features original design by Jeremy Dean, whose modern approach with the band's iconic imagery in his work is widely sought after and repped by Dead fans. Limited to 7500.

Weekly Live Streaming Series

Hosted by VMP staff, each week we'll be hosting a live stream exclusive to anthology buyers. Join us for a live AMA with the Grateful Dead’s official audiovisual archivist and inspiration for 'Dave's Picks', David Lemieux and other notable guests to be announced.

More Extras

Gain access to exclusive content and a private Facebook community. Purchasers will also receive a free trial to nugs.net — including a specially curated archive of live shows from the likes of Dead & Company, Jerry Garcia Band, and Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.

Sounds like the Dead is playing in your living room.


All eight titles in this VMP Anthology had lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. All titles were cut 'AAA' from the original analog tapes, with the exception of Without a Net coming from the original master digital audio. Pressed at QRP on high quality 180g colored vinyl.

Take a journey through the liner notes.


Hear from a cross-section of contemporary musical figures as they share stories of the Dead's influence on them and their music. Contributors include:

MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger • Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors • Jim James of My Morning Jacket • Avey Tare of Animal Collective • Hunter Brown of STS9 • Margo Price • Scott Devendorf of the National / LNZNDRF • John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats • Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists

The booklet also features an extensive collection of both iconic and rare photos taken throughout the different eras of these albums by some of the Dead's beloved photographers. Photography by:

Jim Marshall • Jim Anderson • Adrian Boot • Bob Minkin • Jay Blakesburg • Herbie Greene • © Rosie McGee (photo on right)


Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.

Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.

VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine. Click our logo in the footer to learn more.

Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). For international customers, customs and duties will be pre-paid and nothing will be due upon receipt.

Shipping is free in the U.S. and $50 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment and are expected to ship in Summer 2020. Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.

Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.

We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums into 4 episodes, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in.

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